The rise in the popularity of CBD has left many of us wide-eyed. The sheer list of CBD health benefits simply bowls over even the most skeptical amongst us. Of the several compounds that we are aware of that are present in hemp or cannabis along with CBD, one that stays in the darkness is CBG or cannabigerol- the lesser-known cannabinoid that has a range of wellness benefits. We will attempt to educate the reader and dwell deeper into how CBG can change the way you perceive herbal medications. Read on.
CBG or cannabigerol is another cannabinoid that is quite similar to CBD. Much like CBD, CBG is only therapeutic in nature and does not cause any symptoms of psychosis i.e. it is non-psychoactive. You will not feel intoxicated and neither will you feel the ‘high’ that is commonly associated with intaking the THC in cannabis.
What is interesting to know is that CBG is actually a precursor to CBD and THC. CBG in turn morphs into other compounds in the 8th week of the flowering stage. This is the reason for the low trace of CBG in the final full spectrum hemp extract. The percentage of CBG is within 1% which is just too small to make a difference. However, science and research have demanded in the cultivation of hemp strains that are imbued with higher percentages of CBG.
How CBG Works Its Effects
It works in much the same way as CBD and interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body. The receptors that both CBG and CBD interact with are the CB1 and CB2 receptors. On interaction, the CBG is capable of regulating the balance of several bodily functions that control both the physical as well as psychological aspects.
With What All Does CBG Help?
Like CBD, CBG has potent anti-inflammatory properties. CBG use allows for the reduction of inflamed and swollen skin; making it the perfect addition for skin ailments such as psoriasis and eczema. It also helps in relieving inflamed bowels and is found to be beneficial for the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders.
CBG also acts as an antibacterial and antifungal. It helps in preventing the build-up of infection and thwarts away possible infections. It does well in healing the damaged tissue and skin as well, vastly enhancing the recovery rate and reducing the time associated with healing.
It helps in preserving the neuron networks from damage and strengthens it as well. Excess pain impulses are silenced and dulled out to preserve the nervous system.